Andrew Canon, Corporate Communication Manager at the NWC
The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that the disruption in supply to sections of Kingston and St. Catherine will continue for another day due to incomplete testing following the chemical spill in the Rio Cobre on the weekend.
Andrew Canon, Corporate Communication Manager at the NWC, says the resumption cannot begin until the Health Ministry completes water quality testing.
The NWC re-routed one of its supply systems because of the pollution of the Rio Cobre and a shutdown of the Spanish Town Treatment Plant.
According to Mr. Canon, some communities will also be left disappointed since the NWC's trucking capacity is limited because of "the numerous communities and the vast terrain that we would have to cover".
Additionally, while some communities will continue to receive water supplies, he advised that this would not be at the usual volume and pressure.
Mr. Canon cautioned that even after the Health Ministry declares that the water is safe for domestic and irrigation purposes, the NWC will still have to conduct its own system of checks.
Although he could not give a timeline for this process, the communication manager noted that "it should not be a long time".
However, he pointed out that some communities, depending on location, may still not have full restoration of their supplies immediately after the issue is addressed, since "it may take some time for the pressure to build up" due to the length of time the Spanish Town system has been out operation.